During the launch phase of the tier Ultimate con RTX 4080 for its Cloud Gaming service, NVIDIA has left the door open to the hopes of the owners of the portable console from Valve. Cautious optimism, then, though a native GeForce Now app for Steam Deck is still a long way off.
While waiting for an improved experience, luckily subscribers to the green team service can also play it on a regular basis Steam Deck without too many compromises via browser, a workaround already tested with Xbox Cloud Gaming, to date the only way to access the Game Pass catalog on the handheld of Gabe Newell and associates.
The browser version of GeForce Now is not able to offer the same ease of navigation, but once in the game the performance both in framerate and latency are absolutely top notchespecially if you have access to the latest news of the service, which we told you about in our test of GeForce Now Ultimate with RTX 4080.
To configure the service on your portable console you will need to follow a very similar procedure to the one already addressed to install Xbox Cloud Gaming on Steam Deck: first you need to switch to desktop mode, install Edge, give it the usual permissions and add a shortcut to the Steam library. These steps will be summarized in a more concise way because they have already been reiterated previously.
If you have already set up Xbox Cloud Gaming, you probably already have Edge installed. If not, open the Software Center and install it. At this point, open the Linux console (Start menu > System > Konsole) and paste this command by pressing Enter:
flatpak –user override –filesystem=/run/udev:ro com.microsoft.Edge
At this point, type Exit and press Enter again to close. You will now be able to open Steam, still in Desktop mode, and add Edge back to the library. To do this, just click in the lower left corner of the application window, where you will find the “+”. Now choose “Add non-Steam game” and tick Microsoft Edge from the list. At this point you will have your shortcut in the library: select it with a click and from the settings (the gear icon at the right end of the screen) you will have access to the “Properties”.
From here, to begin with, you can change the name da Microsoft Edge a GeForce Now. Next, just like Xbox Cloud, you’ll need to add a line of text after the snails in the “Launch Options” section. To be exact, after the “”@@” give a space and paste this command:
–window-size=1024,640 –force-device-scale-factor=1.25 –device-scale-factor=1.25 –kiosk “https://play.geforcenow.com”
The last necessary step is the one related to the command mapping. Always do it from the gear wheel, but choosing “Manage” and then “Controller Layout”: the preferred preset is “Gamepad with Trackpad Mouse” or “Gamepad with Camera controls”, unless you want to rely on some community suggested configuration.